/ Budget & Planning

Making Room for Kids

Initial Budget: $49,000


Final Cost: $45,000. The budget only included cabinets, appliances, countertops and labor. The project came in under budget because the custom cabinets cost less than anticipated.


Client's Goals:

  • Integrate appliances

  • Transform a bilevel island into a single level to create more continuous countertop space

  • Create a traditional, hand-painted and glazed look

  • Increase storage

Designers' Solutions:

  • Removed soffits to increase cabinet height and therefore storage space

  • Enhanced traditional look with tall crown molding

  • Included rollouts, pullouts and deep pan drawers on either side of range for organization and storage

  • Relocated a combination oven/microwave to the island food preparation area

  • Installed a built-in range and refrigerator

  • Added a china cabinet for fine dishware

  • Featured a traditional custom hood

  • Created a single-level island with plenty of countertop space

Custom maple cabinetry on the perimeter with square, raised-panel doors with an applied molding. Painted finish with a pongee fume brown glaze. Dovetailed drawers with full-extension slides. A glazed dark cherry island with turned legs and beadboard paneling. Accessories: Pull-out trash bin, split onlays, detailed end posts and four-part crown molding with a dentil insert and crown extension.

Appliances: Integrated 48-inch Sub-Zero refrigerator, 30-inch Thermador wall oven, Thermador touch-control ceramic cooktop and GE Monogram built-in wine cooler. Kept GE Advantium combination oven/microwave.

Countertops: 3-centimeter Santa Cecelia granite

Backsplash: Tumbled marble

Lighting: Undercabinet lighting and multiple 12-volt pendant lights.